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parenthesis

  

      n   pl   , -ses  
1    a phrase, often explanatory or qualifying, inserted into a passage with which it is not grammatically connected, and marked off by brackets, dashes, etc.  
2      (Also called)    bracket   either of a pair of characters, (), used to enclose such a phrase or as a sign of aggregation in mathematical or logical expressions  
3    an intervening occurrence; interlude; interval  
4    in parenthesis   inserted as a parenthesis  
     (C16: via Late Latin from Greek: something placed in besides, from parentithenai, from para-1 + en-2 + tithenai to put)  
  parenthetic  
  parenthetical      adj  
  parenthetically      adv  
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